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Verstappen annoyed over “stupidest” reaction by Tsunoda

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 06: Third place qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing climbs from his car in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on November 06, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Max Verstappen shared his discontent by the way Yuki Tsunoda reacted while getting out of Red Bull’s way through the last stages of qualifying.


  • Both Red Bull cars missed the front row due to the incident with the AlphaTauri, giving Mercedes the advantage.
  • Verstappen said Tsunoda’s reaction was in “the stupidest place” to perform it.

What he said:

  • “The first run was really dramatically bad. The second run was slightly better and in that I could have fought for pole, but I have no idea what suddenly happened to Yuki and Checo in front of me. I’ll have to look back and see why they both suddenly went off the track.”
  • Tsunoda allegedly moved out to make way for the Red Bull drivers, to which Verstappen replied: “Yes, but that’s the stupidest place to do that, because you arrive there with quite a lot of speed [and] I thought someone had gone off, so I automatically went off the gas because there was all this dust coming up.”
  • “Then you lose two tenths and then I was only one-tenth under instead of three. Then you know it’s finished, you try to force something in the last sector but that doesn’t help either. It was really bad in Q3.”
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